Fellowship of the Ring: A National Commutative Algebra Seminar

There will be a weekly Commutative Algebra webinar, hosted by MSRI, that will take place at 1:30pm Pacific time every Thursday. The organizing committee is listed below. Each talk will have two parts: the first part should be accessible to graduate students after a first course in commutative algebra, and should survey the basic facts and the goals of some area of commutative algebra; the second part will typically cover recent research.

Register for the Fellowship of the Ring here.

You can see old talks on the MSRI YouTube channel.

Organizing Committee:

  • David Eisenbud <de@msri.org>, chair
  • Mel Hochster <hochster@umich.edu>
  • Craig Huneke <huneke@virginia.edu>
  • Srikanth Iyengar <iyengar@math.utah.edu>
  • Claudia Miller <clamille@syr.edu>
  • Irena Peeva <ivp1@cornell.edu>
  • Steven Sam <ssam@ucsd.edu>
  • Karl E Schwede <schwede@math.utah.edu>
  • Bernd Ulrich <bulrich@purdue.edu>

BRIDGES: Building Relationships for an Inclusive and Diverse Group of Emerging Students

The AWM student chapter at the University of Utah is organizing a conference, May 20-22, 2020, aimed towards early graduate students and advanced undergraduate students interested in representation theory, number theory, and commutative algebra.
The goal of this conference is to:

  • Foster a sense of community amongst underrepresented groups in mathematics,
  • Introduce possible research areas,
  • Expose the participants to role models and possible mentors.

Potential funding may be available for travel and accommodation for 40 participants, priority will be given to participants from underrepresented groups. To be considered for funding please register before January 31st, 2020. More information can be found at the conference website:

Graduate Workshop in Commutative Algebra for Women & Mathematicians of Other Minority Genders

There will be a workshop at the University of Minnesota, April 12-14, 2019, focusing on forming a community of women and non-binary researchers interested in commutative algebra by learning about specific topics in commutative algebra from a diverse group of prominent active researchers.

This workshop is organized by Christine Berkesch, Juliette Bruce, and Patricia Klein.

For more information, see the website for the workshop.

Current Trends on Monomial and Binomial Ideals

Inviting submission for a special issue in “Current Trends on Monomial and Binomial Ideals”
Dear Colleagues,
Recently, new trends on monomial ideals and binomial ideals have emerged. Remarkable developments in, for example, finite free resolutions, syzygies, regularity and symbolic powers of monomial ideals, and binomial ideals arising from combinatorial objects including finite graphs, lattice polytopes, and finite partially ordered sets have been brought about by a large number of authors. We

  • Takayuki Hibi
  • Tai Ha

are editing for a Special Issue which aims to summarize recent achievements in these topics and to stimulate further research that invites breakthroughs in the theory of monomial and binomial ideals.
This Special Issue will be published in Mathematics (https://www.mdpi.com/journal/mathematics), an open access journal. We are inviting submissions for the issue. The deadline for submitting a paper is July 31, 2019.
For further information, please see the journal’s special issue announcement
Takayuki Hibi and Tai Ha

FACARD, Barcelona

The workshop “FACARD, Frobenius Action in Commutative Algebra: Recent Developments” will be held at the Institute of Mathematics of the University of Barcelona on January 16 – 18, 2019.
The focus of the workshop is on recent developments in positive characteristic algebra and other related topics. It is addressed to Ph.D. students, postdocs and interested researchers in general. There will be two minicourses at graduate level and research talks given by international experts and young emerging scientists.
Minicourse speakers:

  • Holger Brenner (Universität Osnabrück)
  • Linquan Ma (Purdue University)


  • Josep Àlvarez Montaner (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya)
  • Angélica Benito (Universitad Autonoma de Madrid)
  • Javier Carvajal Rojas (University of Utah)
  • Alberto F. Boix (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev)
  • Ricardo García López (Universitat de Barcelona)
  • Eloísa Grifo (University of Michigan)
  • Jack Jeffries (University of Michigan)
  • Jonathan Montaño (New Mexico State University)
  • Julio José Moyano Fernández (Universitat Jaume I de Castelló)
  • Yusuke Nakajima (KAVLI IPMU)
  • Luis Núñez Betancourt* (CIMAT)
  • Ilya Smirnov (University of Michigan)
  • Francesco Strazzanti (INdAM)
  • Naoki Taniguchi (Waseda University)
  • Matteo Varbaro (Università degli Studi di Genova)

* To be confirmed
For more information see the workshop website.

Jan-Erik Roos, 1935-2017

We are deeply sad to tell the community that Jan-Erik Roos passed away December 15, 2017.
His colleagues in Stockholm sent the following:

Jan-Erik Roos studies in Paris resulted in a substantial work on Noetherian categories. Since 1970 he held a professorship in Stockholm. One of his greatest achievements was to bring together two fields of mathematics, algebraic topology and commutative algebra. He noted that there were analogous results in these fields, and a fruitful cooperation began as a result. He had many research students taking part in this work. Jan-Erik was successful in using computers to solve problems and finding counterexamples. He was very active to the very last.